“What are you doing?” That was the simple question Twitter asked its users to answer in just 140 characters when it first launched. I remember thinking why anyone would want to know what I ate for breakfast or learn that I just got home from walking my dogs. It made me ask, “What’s the point?”
But Twitter has come a long way since then. In fact, its opening question is now, “What’s happening?” Perhaps a little broader, but not all-encompassing for what the site has become. Companies use it to engage their customers. Artists use it to promote their work. News outlets use it to boost their traffic. Food trucks use it to find customers. The possibilities are limitless. You may still have only 140 characters, but there is now a whole host of other things you can do as well, thanks to the vast array of third-party services available. Here are just a few of them!
Send a photo. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then services like Twitpic and Flickr are helping you get a lot more out of your 140 character limit than you would otherwise. These are two of the more popular programs, but you can also find other services that allow you to share photos on Twitter via SMS and email.
Send a video. Services such as TwitVid allow you to share online videos with your followers. Post a promotion, a demonstration, or just send out a personal message.
Share files. Want to share that great PowerPoint presentation with your followers? It’s easy with FileSocial.com. They accept any file type.
Exchange business cards. Run out of business cards at the end of a networking event? No problem. With twtBizCard, you can simply send them an @reply with the hashtag #twtBizCard, and it will send them an electronic business card you have previously set up.
Start a petition. Want to get people motivated on an issue? Ask them to sign a petition on Twitter with Twitition.
Now that you know what you can do on Twitter, the next question is why should your business be on Twitter? I’ll be covering the many ways that Twitter can benefit your company in a future blog.